The Heathery Cruach reel

Also known as An Cruach Fraoch, John Mhosai’s, John Mhosey McGinley’s, John Mosai Mc Ginley’s, John Mosai McGinley’s, John Mosai McGinleys, Johnny Mhosai’s, Ladies Of Tullybardee, Monaghan Switch, The Monaghan Switch.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Glory (a few times) and The Liverpool (a few times).

The Heathery Cruach has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Heathery Cruach has been added to 137 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Heathery Cruach
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Bc|d2AG FDAG|FDAF E2Bc|d2AG FDAG|FGAF Dgfe|
d2AG FDAG|FDAF E2FG|ABAG FDDE|FGAF D2:|
|:ed|cAA2 cAGB|cBcd efed|cAA2 cAGB|EFGE Dfed|
cAA2 cAGB|cBcd efe2|f2ed cAA2|EFGE A2:|
X: 2
T: The Heathery Cruach
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3:1:3A3Bc |: d2 AG (3FED AGFD | AF G2 (3:1:3A3Bc | d2 AG (3FED AGFD | EC D2 (3:1:3A3Bc |
d2 AG (3FED AGFD | AF G2 (3:1:3A3Bc | d2 AG (3FED AG |1 FD EC D2 (3:1:3A3Bc :|2 FD EC D2 (4:1:4A2Bcd ||
|: cA (3AAA cA (3Bcd | cABG EFGB | cABc dA{d}AG |FDGE D2 (3Bcd |
cA (3AAA cAGE | cBcd efga | fged ceAG | EF (3GFE D2 (4:1:4A2Bcd :|
(3:1:3A3Bc | dD (3DDD FD (3DDD | FD GFEG FG | ABAG (3FED GE | FD EC D2
X: 3
T: The Heathery Cruach
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A/B/c|: d2AG FDAG|FDAF EABc|d2AG FDAG|FGAF Dgfe|
d2AG FDDE|FGAF E2FG|ABAG FDDE|1 FGAF D2:|FGAF Dfed||
|:cAA2 cAGA|cBcd efed|cAA2 cAGE|FAGE Dfed|
cAA2 cAGA|cBcd e2~e2|f2ed cAAG|1 EFGE Afed:|EFGE D2||
X: 4
T: The Heathery Cruach
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 AG FDA,D | FAGF DE (3EEE | d2 AG FDA,D | FAGE Dgfe|
d2 AG FDA,D | FAGF ED (3EFG | A2 GE FDDF | FAGE DEFA:|
c2 cB cAEA | cBcd e2 ed | BccB cBAG | FAGE DEFA |
c2 cB cAEA | cBcd e2 ea | f2 ed cAed | cAGE DEFA :|

Eleven comments

Viva la Altan

here’s my first submission in ABC, hope I haven’t totally botched it. Coming soon, the Glory Reel.

James Kelly does a really lovely setting of this one on his perhaps less than creatively named "Traditional Irish Music" — it’s on the first track along with a Gan Ainm and Lads of Laois and has been on my list of tunes to learn for quite some time. At some point, I’ll try and transcribe the Kelly setting and post it here.

Zina

Well, here it is, such as it is — I’m still not real great at the whole ABC thing. Plus, of course, trying to transcribe James Kelly’s settings is trying to hit a moving target — possible, but there’s always something else he’s doing that you just can’t quite catch…

(3:1:3A3Bc |: d2 AG (3FED AGFD | AF G2 (3:1:3A3Bc | d2 AG (3FED AGFD | EC D2 (3:1:3A3Bc |
d2 AG (3FED AGFD | AF G2 (3:1:3A3Bc | d2 AG (3FED AG |1 FD EC D2 (3:1:3A3Bc :|2 FD EC D2 (4:1:4A2Bcd ||
|: cA (3AAA cA (3Bcd | cABG EFGB | cABc dA{d}AG |FDGE D2 (3Bcd |
cA (3AAA cAGE | cBcd efga | fged ceAG | EF (3GFE D2 (4:1:4A2Bcd :|

Oft-used variation for measures 5-8
(3:1:3A3Bc | dD (3DDD FD (3DDD | FD GFEG FG | ABAG (3FED GE | FD EC D2

Reel before the heathery cruach on ceol aduaidh

Does anyone know what the unnamed reel is that is with the heathery cruach on ceol aduaidh? (the one that opens the set)

Probably more of Altan in this version
X: 1
T: Heathery Cruach, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: D
A/B/c|: d2AG FDAG|FDAF EABc|d2AG FDAG|FGAF Dgfe|
d2AG FDDE|FGAF E2FG|ABAG FDDE|1 FGAF D2:|FGAF Dfed||
|:cAA2 cAGA|cBcd efed|cAA2 cAGE|FAGE Dfed|
cAA2 cAGA|cBcd e2~e2|f2ed cAAG|1 EFGE Afed:|EFGE D2||

OOps! Missed out on putting in the "2" for the second repeats

The1st part is gorgeous on the pipes (with the drones on), the 2nd one offers a nice contrast.

The Heathery Cruach, X:4

This is a version based on Cathal Hayden’s playing that I got from fiddler Ross Couper. In the video above Cathal sometimes plays a D triplet instead of DA,D in the first bar. Whistle/pipes/flute can play the triplet or just the A, up an octave.

Re: The Heathery Cruach

Absolutely love John Doherty’s version of this on "Bundle and Go".. It’s slightly different though. A lot of the A’s are G’s in his version which lends it a different feel.